3 Columbus Regional Health executives resign to take promotions elsewhere

Three executives at Columbus (Ga.) Regional Health are leaving their positions to accept promotions with other organizations, according to a Ledger-Enquirer report.

Resignations have been submitted by L.M. "Tripp" Layfield III, senior vice president and legal counsel; Meredith Bass, director of corporate finance; and Stan Hickson, executive vice president and president of Northside Medical Center in Columbus.

Mr. Layfield has accepted a job as executive vice president and legal counsel at Renown Health, a $1.2 billion healthcare system based in Reno, Nev., according to the report. Ms. Bass will become vice president of hospital financial operations at WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, Ga. Mr. Hickson will be CEO of the Northeast Market for Johnson City, Tenn.-based Mountain States Health Alliance.

The departures come as Columbus Regional has decided to explore potential alignments or partnerships with other healthcare organizations, the Ledger-Enquirer reported.

But Scott Hill, president and CEO of Columbus Regional, told the publication the timing is by chance.

"The fact that all three of these executives had probably been involved in their job searches for months," he said, according to the report. "...The more successful you are, the more valuable your people are. I am not surprised that all three of these individuals have been recruited by other organizations because they all three are very talented. ... I love them all and wish they would stay, but frankly, they got great opportunities."

According to the report, Columbus Regional also recently announced these promotions:

  • Ryan Chandler has been promoted to lead Columbus Regional's hospital operations division.
  • Laura Drew has been promoted from senior vice president of quality and clinical transformation to senior vice president of operations and quality.
  • Doug Colburn has been promoted from vice president of operations at Midtown Medical Center in Columbus to senior vice president of operations for Midtown and Columbus Regional.
  • Cary Burcham, RN, has been promoted from vice president and CNO of Northside to senior vice president and CNO for Columbus Regional's nursing services.
  • Holly Lehmberg has been promoted from interim CNO at Midtown to assistant CNO at Midtown.
  • Allen Holladay has been promoted from director of decision support services to vice president of finance for Columbus Regional.


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